During a recent trip to Le Brassus, Angus Davies took the opportunity to check Audemars Piguet code 11.59 automatic winding at close range. In addition, he spent a lot of time making this model behind the scenes and witnessed his deep attention to detail.
Over the years, I have visited Le Brassus’ Audemars Piguet watch factory many times. This long-established company is located in the mountains of Switzerland and is covered in snow for most of the winter. In summer, this village is located in the watchmaking enclave of Valléede Joux, bathed under the blue sky and beating into the silent soundtrack of the monastery. However, regardless of the current season, the fine watch industry has not weakened. This has always been this way since Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875.
For many admirers of this high-end brand, attention has always been focused on the models that the company has produced since 1972. The legendary “Royal Oak” watch was originally a self-winding steel watch, displaying hours, minutes, seconds and date. Over the years, it has contained precious metals and complexity, but the charm of the original work continues to shine.
In 1993, inspired by the success of Gérald Genta’s outstanding design in 1972, the Swiss company launched a prorated “Royal Oak Offshore” product. With a diameter of 42 mm, compared with similar watches of the time, its scale is huge. In the following years, the public’s appetite for oversized watches has doubled, and AP watches are so fond of this, and they have launched several exquisite models, including the famous 48mm T3.
A few years ago, I remember chatting with Octavio Garcia, who was then the chief art officer of Audemars Piguet. . I pointed out that the name of the company is always associated with Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore, but does not include other models of the brand.
Moreover, before the release of the Royal Oak, AP had a trading history of nearly 100 years, and its rear catalog included many watches in different shapes. However, the public who bought the watches did not seem to realize this impressive legacy. At the time, my feeling was that the popularity of the two names “Royal Oak” and “Royal Oak Offshore” had surpassed that of the Maison brand. However, I remember making Octavio feel that his hands are tied, and there are two iconic models on his hands, so AP is reluctant to explore non-octagonal designs.
Earlier this year, at the 2019 Geneva International Watch and Jewellery Show (SIHH), Audemars Piguet launched the Code 11:59 series. The reaction to the model can only be described as “hostile”. Personally, during SIHH, I took this opportunity to check the 11.59 automatic winding flying tourbillon code, hoping to understand all the fuss-making things, honestly, I like it. This watch is decorated with smiling details and festoons, which is a brave departure from the aforementioned Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore. I am confused as to why this best replica watch site caused this sulfuric acid.
Needless to say, it is my responsibility to review the series and review other models in detail. Audemars Piguet agreed to my request, visited its Le Brassus headquarters, and took a closer look at the new collection.
Upon arrival, my host continued to display a series of vintage models. Some of these styles predate the legendary Royal Oak, with irregular lines and infused with incredible beauty. Obviously, when the brand conceived Code 11.59, the brand tried to embrace this amazing creativity.
Then, I saw many large 3D printed models, each of which described different components of the case. I have seen them before at SIHH 2019, but they are still fascinating and prove the designer’s fascination with details.
After that, I was invited back to school and tried to polish a large octagonal metal. While maintaining the plane profile of adjacent surfaces, some parts must be chamfered. I found this technique difficult to master, but it did prove an appropriate method to convey the skills and patience required to make the case achieve the desired results.
Although the first hour of my AP experience was within the confines of the office, I was soon taken to a modern production facility. Today’s manufacturing is different from the studio of the late 19th century. Now, the brightly lit room exhibits sterile characteristics and is free of dust. Soon, I was wearing an original watchmaker’s coat and shoes on disposable overshoes, thus reducing the risk of contaminating the clean floor.
However, despite the high-tech atmosphere in the room, traditional craftsmanship prevailed. The fingertips of the watchmaker are covered with pink rubber to prevent the parts from being corroded by greasy stains. Tighten the screws skillfully without scratching or chewing on any head. There are some examples of automation, but it does not affect the quality. When you carefully observe the movement with a magnifying glass in your hand, you can see the shock, Geneva ripples and Anglo. High-end decoration is everywhere, allowing the brand’s reputation in the fine watch industry to continue.
Finally, I had the opportunity to view several models in the Code 11.59 collection. I entered a room whose walls were covered with countless Royal Oaks and Royal Oaks offshore, including some rare references. More relevantly, I was able to take a closer look at several versions of Code 11.59. There are several models for me to choose from, but one of them stands out from the crowd. Surprisingly, it is the most affordable reference product in the series, with Audemars Piguet 11.59 automatic winding.
Audemars Piguet (Audemars Piguet) code 11.59 automatic winding provides three colors of the dial: black, blue and white. The latter option attracts me the most. The dial is lacquered and matched with an 18-carat rose gold case for eye-catching concerts. Other dial colors come with an 18-carat white gold case, but I found the warmth of the pink gold case to be particularly striking.
The hour and minute hands are again made of 18-carat rose gold, and although very easy to read, they are very slender. Indeed, the minute hand perfectly illuminates the current time by effectively integrating with the concise minute watch. The index is also 18-carat rose gold, and is painted on the dial film, giving the display a three-dimensional charm. In fact, the dial repeatedly plays depth. For example, the rework position marked with an integer of 5 minutes is higher than the plane of the main dial.
When evaluating the self-winding design of Audemars Piguet code 11.59, it was found that the brand used alternating finishes in many cases, such as brushed and polished surfaces, and perhaps more strikingly different shapes and contours. For example, the indexes at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock are curved, causing bright and shaded areas.
The date hole is between 4 and 5 o’clock. Personally, I would like to set the date at 3 o’clock because it is more readable, although I admit that this is a minor problem.
A close examination of Audemars Piguet’s code 11.59 “automatic winding” shows the brand’s firm obsession with details. The name of the brand is located at noon. Usually, its wide format and low aspect ratio will require printing text, but, consistent with the numbers, the company’s name is used. Unusually, Maison used LIGA technology to grow the golden name atom by atom. It is unusual to use LIGA for gold parts, and usually, this latest technology is used to make extremely fine movement parts. The resulting logo can be fixed on the dial membrane with small feet and is very attractive.
The appearance of the replica designer watches is simple and simple when viewing the watch in one dimension from the photo. However, when viewed from close range, its complex structure becomes particularly important, and its thoughtful design is also easy to appreciate.
Unlike the aforementioned Royal Offshore T3, the automatic winding of Audemars Piguet code 11.59 is not awkward, with a diameter of only 41 mm. Its size will suit a wide range of potential wearers.
Sapphire crystal is very complicated. It is curved along the north-south axis, and the interior is dome-shaped. Of course, crystals can make the dial membrane clearly visible, while also having an appearance.
Adjacent to the sapphire crystal is the ultra-thin curved bezel. It not only highlights the size of the enlarged dial area, but also gives the overall aesthetics a delicate, soft-spoken feature.
AP once again proficiently uses contrast to please the effect. When the frame is bent, the bottom cover is straight. The bezel and bottom cover are round, but the strap is octagonal. The strap, hollow lugs and crown are decorated with a satin-brushed surface, and decorated with a high-polished gold spoon. The shimmering inner edges of the lugs resemble the shimmering chamfered edges found in fine movement, a finish that Maison has been familiar with since 1875.
Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Chronograph Selfwinding White Gold Grey 26393CR.OO.A002CR.01 Replica watch
Item Type: Replica CODE 11.59 Chronograph Selfwinding White Gold Grey Watches
Model Number: 26393CR.OO.A002CR.01
Case Material: White Gold,round
Brand Name: Audemars Piguet
Dial Diameter: 41 mm
Water Resistance Depth: Water Resistance
Clasp Type: pin Buckle
Boxes: common box package without paper
Band Material Type: Alligator strap
Functions: Hours, Minutes,Date